It is just during the change between the phases that it seems not to be in accordance with the
doctrine of evolution that the process begins, which is resulting in a level rise.
Before this the cells are biological individuals and are subjected to the environmental pressure.
After this they have disappeared from the “world of Darwin”. They now belong to a closed
system as parts of a body and are altruistic.
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The two phases exist more or less independently of each others. One may think that the
superior function, which is affecting the behaviour of the cells in phase two and the
development of the slug body as well, also is influencing the whole development of the slime
molds, hence also over the territory population of free cells in phase one, but that can not be
the case. The two stages, represented by the cells in phase one and the slug in phase two
respectively, belong to two different levels; the two phases are existing independently of each
others, though through interaction, in order not to disturb the balance between the phases.
Hence, an indirect interaction takes place, an interaction that is keeping the territory within
the boarders, which can be accepted by the superior function in phase two. What is negative
to this is damaging the whole process and can not continue to exist. A corresponding situation
is existing for phase one.
The course of events can be demonstrated using a figure that is showing the development
during one generation cycle, from cell to territory and signal and to slug and spore release.
The behaviour of the biological individuals in phase one is affected only by the environmental
pressure, not by the superior function in phase two. Only the slug cells are affected by its
superior function. The behaviour that is being developed at the cells in phase two can only be
manifested within that phase. It can also be different forces and phenomena within the same
environmental pressure that are affecting the different phases. The territory is a development
unity, which through the level rise is kept separated from the next development unity, the slug.
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The slime molds are not being split up after the level rise. That causes the slug development
not to differ from that of normal bodies. The physical nature of the cells is very likely not
being changed after the signal; they are suited to the life in the territory. The slug body is built
up by the existing cells.
Earlier stages of the change of the behaviour of the cells will presumably be eliminated, when
new, more adequate behaviours arise. When the slug is being created, it happens due to the
actual ways of behaviour and no correspondence to the fetus development of normal bodies
can hence be observed here.
One can imagine that the slug body is represented by an “inner plan” within the programming
of the cells.
The activity of the slug presupposes certain simple functions, different in different parts of the
slug. According to the hypothesis of mine, the cells master all existing functions of the slug
and are activating those of its behaviours that correspond to the position they occupy in th
slug after the level rise.
Therefore, the formation of the slug occurs rapidly and without roundabouts.
That is all what the superior function seems to be able to accomplish, given a certain number
of identical cells.